August 15 , 2004
BRECLAV, CZECH REPUBLIC - Canada's National Under-18 Summer Team captured the gold medal at the 2004 World Junior Cup, after defeating the Czech Republic 4-1 in the final game of the tournament on Sunday. Canada finished the Championship with a perfect 5-0-0 record.
With the victory on Sunday, Canada has now won eight gold medals out of the last nine summer Under-18 events held in Europe. This annual Under-18 summer event has evolved over the years, going from four participating teams, to six teams, and to now an eight team tournament, featuring the top eight hockey countries in the world.
The Czech Republic captured the silver medal, while USA and Sweden were playing for the bronze medal (late game - no report on score).
Gilbert Brule of the WHL's Vancouver Giants scored the game winning goal for Canada. Bradford, Clutterbuck and Bertram added Canada's other goals to lead Canada to the gold medal win. Goaltender Carey Price of the WHL's Tri-City Americans got the win for Canada by stopping 16 of the Czech Republic's 17 shots. Canada killed off all 15 penalties, and only surrendered a short-handed goal to the hometown Czech’s.
Canada's National Under-18 Summer Team arrives back to Canada:
Most players and staff will be available for interviews at Calgary/Montreal International Airports on Monday, depending upon the connecting flight schedules out of Calgary. A complete flight itinerary of the players' and staff final destinations out of Calgary is not available at this time. For more information please call Sean Kelso (403) 880-5819.
The 2004 National Under-18 Summer Team is comprised entirely of players born in 1987. The Under-18 National team is part of a three stage Program of Excellence beginning with the under-17 regional teams and ending with the World Junior team. The primary objectives of the under-18 program are to identify, evaluate and condition players to the rigours of international competition by giving them their first exposure to international hockey, officiating, larger ice surfaces, and travel.
Air Canada 857 - Arrives Toronto via London - 15:35
Air Canada 851 - Arrives Calgary 15:15
Bearskin Airlines 509 - Arrives Sioux Lookout 20:50
Air Canada 8763 - Arrive Val Dor 22:18
Air Canada 7668 - Arrive Bathurst 23:18
Air Canada 462 - Arrives Ottawa 19:10
Air Canada 7359 - Arrives Sarnia 19:43
Air Canada 636 - Arrives St. Johns, NF 22:44
Air Canada 509 - Arrives Thunder Bay 18:44
Air Canada 7721 - Arrives London, Ont. 19:15
Air Canada 7759 - Arrives Windsor 19:16
Air Canada 8194 - Arrives Williams Lake 20:22 (Via Calgary – Vancouver)
Air Canada 6268 - Arrives Edmonton 18:17
Air Canada 8253 - Arrives Vancouver 22:15
West Jet - Arrives Abbotsford TBA
Air Canada 865 - Arrives Montreal 17:15
* Gilbert Brule will not return with the team as he will vacation in Europe following the tournament.
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